My Story part 1

This week I will start off with something new, something difficult. I will tell my story. In pieces. Kinda like Tarantino it a bit.

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Photo by Niba Delcastillo

Without them I would not be doing what I do today, Building beautiful, sustainable furniture.

Phoenix Public Market

Lets start at the Phoenix Public Market where I learned the importance of sustainability while helping set up “The Community Exchange Table”.  In between checking in/out the produce of local gardeners, small farmers, urban foragers etc., we dug into Permaculture, Sustainability and Community at its very core, and explored how everything we did impacted our environment. Both good and bad.

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Riding up to the market with freshly foraged prickly Pears.

 

Coronado Neighborhood

The burgeoning Coronado neighborhood as community was growing, so were connections, opportunity, and idea. I had stumbled on this gem of a neighborhood while registering people to vote in 2004, only to return in late ’07 and buy a house.  A beautiful neighborhood just outside downtown Phoenix proper, where neighbors are friends and community is strong. With lots of new homes being remodeled I would bike through the alleyways foraging for wood and steel, I would “dumpster dive” and find beautiful hard woods. I even found the Stickley Table that is now in my own living room.

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The Hive.

While volunteering on an art installation at the Shemer Art Center, I connected with a wonderful man I call “yoda”.  Yoda and Julia had an amazing art space on 16th street or as we call it “Calle 16”.  In early 2013 Yoda invited me for a sort of residency where I would tend a Cactus nursery and build some things out of my dumpster scores.  It was a 20’x30′ space that had formerly been the parking lot: no roof, no shade, just an endless supply of time and creativity.  This would be know as “My Chaos” or officially as Zoo Micro Nursery.  Which is where my story begins. 2013 The Hive

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Welcome To My Chaos

 

 

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Tiny Tables Series 5

I am very proud to present Tiny Tables Series 5. William Morris said,”Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” and I believe Series 5 fits the bill for both.

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New hand made adjuster.

Series 5 represents natural beauty, rebirth, and hope. Its construction is based on a butterfly sculpture I have been working on, and the legs mirror the angles I use for wings. Combined with all repurposed materials, Series 5 will be recreated over-and-over using a variety of materials while keeping the design the same.

Series 5 #1 and #3 feature removable X-ray cartridge tops as well as a handmade adjustor and walnut feet.

Dimensions 11″ x 13″ x 20″ // Price $113

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#2 features solid steel top.

 

Series 5 #2 has a reclaimed steel top, eye bolt adjustor.

Dimensions 14″ x 14″ x 21″ // Price $113

 

“Tiny Tables Series 5— Own Something Beautiful” 

 

Tiny Tables!!!

Tiny Tables: Beautiful, Simple and Useful.

One of my favorite things about making each piece individually by hand is how different and unique each piece really is. From the materials I am using, to the way I feel, and the designs that are in my head. Each piece is a truly unique experience, and a great way to watch the evolution is through the tiny tables. Let’s look back at the evolution of tiny tables.

These are from the first series of Tiny Tables. Under the ZOO name, this was an original set of ten, built at The Hive Phoenix. Do you have one?

Series two Tiny Tables were slightly larger due to the barn wood I was using at the time. All steel was “Urban Foraged”.  There were originally five in this series, made under the ZOO label, and built at the Hive Phoenix.  Do you have one?

Series three was similar to series one, but were numbered 1-12.

Series four tiny tables were the first under the new ‘Industrial Craftsman Furniture” label, featured a stenciled W on the bottom and were part of a full collection called “Industrial Revolution”.  There were 3 of each piece in this collection, the first collection built at “the cottages”…

This series included 5 pieces and were cut offs from the patio tables I did for the Tempe Buttes Marriott. They were built at the cottages and were the first to feature a carved-W  signature instead of spray paint stencilled.

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Two Tiny tables and a saw blade table I built In Ghent NY.

As you can see, over time my style has developed and changed. There are many more “Tiny tables” out there but I do not always get/keep photos. Do you have one? Post a photo.

NY_Rhinebeck Pilates

Spring is a wonderful time in NY, the weather warms up, the flowers bloom…and stuff gets built.

Rhinebeck is an adorable hamlet on the Hudson river about an hour and a half north of the city, it features colonial and gothic architecture, cute, bustling shops and an amazing Pilates studio.

I had the privilege of building the front desk for said amazing studio, in this charmed hamlet. It started with locally sourced, spalted Maple that was beautifully figured and had dark lines of “spalting”. Then, I added some birch Plywood to match the existing furniture. The final step was creating a “charging station” where students could leave their cell phones, while escaping into the Pilates peace of mind.

 

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Love Bench

Love benches are the perfect spot to sit, reflect and enjoy.

Perfect for two love benches add a beautiful accent to any patio, entryway or porch. Love Benches come in many styles and wood choices and start at $300. to order a  Love bench select a photo, wood type and theme. E-mail me @ wilhem13@gmail.com bench-steel-woodbench-steel-wood20160301_174232IMG_0625IMG_0621IMG_06171456168719857img_0914-editbenchone_wsIMG_0419_MG_5618_2

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Cherrywood Bench
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Bowling lane Bench

Recent Projects.

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Star octahedron in maple Table 
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                                   Hidden Shelves

 

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Star Octahedron Sculpture
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Tetrahedron Tiny Table
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Black Star
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Hyperbolic paraboloid table.

 

Year in review.

The Big One Barrio Gran Reserva.

This hand built gem was a collaboration between Wendy Gruber (owner of Barrio)

and I, the Walnut is so rich and chocolate you could eat it. Provided by Tom winkler.

The old favorite Grand avenue Pizza CO.

 
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Aside from being a great Pizza maker, Carson Wheeler is a fine wood aficionado,

and repeat offender. These new table tops feature mesquite  from wine glass bar sawmill,

and some old diner booths.

Far from home spring in New York

The Hudson Valley is a magical place that has attracted artist for centuries, do to its beauty, its serenity and bridges. This is a bridge I built with wood found on the property, I also found time to build a few commissioned pieces, and do a few installations…

Courtesy of Lyle Trued and matthew gamble…and the always amazing uncle TEE.

High design in an unlikely spot SouthWest truck driver training.

When Sean Williams of southwest approached me, I could tell he was ready to transform a space, Great designs, impeccable wood selection and a conference table for a boss.

Showing Off  Urban Organics at the IceHouse

With the Help of amazing artist Joe Holdren and Scott Woodward we ascended on the Icehouse Phoenix with an Epic showing of Furniture, Abstract Paintings and ceramic sculpture. Thanks, to amazing friends and patrons this show was amazing.

The bread and Butter.

At the end of the day my bread and butter are sales from Zinnias on melrose,

Cartwheels Gallery in Cottonwood and Commissions from Clients new and old.

It keeps the designs fresh and evolving and good clients give me great pleasure.

Thank, you all for making my year amazing.